6-Week Series: Against All Odds

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An eight-year-old boy describes his father's celebration of Christmas:

Dad just finished putting up the Christmas lights. Dad likes to put up the Christmas lights. He puts them all over the house. He puts them all over the yard, too. He puts them in the trees and puts decorations in the yard. He says we have more lights than anybody else in town.

Dad likes to show everybody the lights. He shows them lots. As soon as he gets home from work, he turns them on. He watches all night long as people drive by. He goes out and talks to the people and shows them how he did it and tells them how much money he spends on them.

I guess it's a pretty important job showing people all these lights. Dad even had to miss the Christmas program at church last year so he could show people the lights.

I wish someone could help my Dad with the lights. It's a really hard job. When he works on them, he gets mad and yells a lot. He is too busy with the lights to do much with me and Mom. Mom says he loves us a lot, but I think he might love his lights more. I don't think I'm going to have Christmas lights when I grow up. I think they're pretty; I just don't think I will. I think I'd rather do other things.

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